Some of the plants that get recycled at work go to a small nursery next door to the shop until they find a new home. Many are out of season annuals that are really perennials. Some were not performing adequately, so got replaced. Some just needed to get out of the way for something else. Because most plants must recover from transplant, or whatever happened to them out in the landscape, the nursery is more of an infirmary. Only a few plants were recently purchased at a nursery for installation into a new project.

1. Primrose blooms in many colors besides white – the sequel to the sequel –
2. African daisy works well in the sunnier parts of our unrefined landscapes.P80317+
3. ‘Sunset Gold’ breath of Heaven is a new acquisition for a newly landscaped area; but was not my choice. This picture makes it look even worse than it really is.P80317++
4. Wallflower will go with the ‘Sunset Gold’ breath of Heaven.P80317+++
5. Forsythia is rare here. Besides this one, there is only one other in the landscape. This picture was taken earlier, while the forsythia were still blooming.P80317++++
6. ‘Black Lace’ elderberry is starting to foliate. I really want to try the berries from this ornamental cultivar, if it fruits, to see how they compare to the native blue elderberry.P80317+++++
This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Infirmary

    1. Oh, I was hoping no one would ask! It had a label, but I can not remember the name. We got two varieties that look similar. I am sorry that I can not remember it. I know it is very different from those that were popular in the 1980s. I believe that one of them was ‘Winter Party’ but I do not know if that is the one in the picture.

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    1. I have seen them in other people’s gardens, but have never seen one pruned properly. Most get shorn and ruined, like shorn Heavenly bamboo. Others get pruned up like small trees on tired old trunks. I want to try pruning it by alternating canes, like I would do for fruiting elderberries.


  1. The African daisy always seems to look stunning, especially when you can see such contrast between the centre and the petal colour.

    I have a similar ‘infirmary’ for houseplants…. any that aren’t looking quite so good get taken over to where Mum’s houseplants live – sometimes I can sneak one in without her realising, but usually I have to admit there’s yet another plant needing a bit of TLC.

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    1. I am impressed that those who work there take the time to do this. Most people who work in landscaping just want to discard old plants and buy new ones. We even can seedlings that we find out in the landscape, and used them somewhere else. English holly grows wild in places where it does not belong, so they take some of the seedlings, can them until they recover, and they put them somewhere where they can be useful.


    1. People do not like deciduous plants here. Also, it is perceived as something that likes cooler winters. It is not really too warm, but people think it is. We do not have many lilacs either.

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    1. White is almost always my favorite (except for flowers that are at their best in another color.) Only the common primroses grown as annuals are available here. Anything more interesting must be mail ordered.
      The wallflower was not my choice, but I do happen to like it too. I only remember the native ones that do get rather sparse after a while. I am interested to see what these do. Even if they do not last long, they are nice for now.

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    1. There is a Sorbus too? I only recently got my first Sorbus two winters ago. (There are two, but they did nothing last year.) They are not native here, so it was a big deal to me. Like the elderberries, I want the berries.


      1. I sort of thought that you might have meant that, but was not sure. I sort of want to believe that there is a ‘Black Lace’ sorbus. It sounds cool! I happen to like both, and planted both (specie but not cultivars) at a vacant garden parcel in Brookdale. Sorbus are not all that interesting to those who have them growing wild, but they intrigue me because I have never seen one before.

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